I don’t often enjoy the Herald, but I really liked this article: ‘School children missing out on the magic of storytelling’ – Julie Falkner, Thursday Apr 4, 2013
Julie Falkner, senior lecturer in education at Monash University, writes: “With high stakes testing and a crowded curriculum, something fundamental is being left behind in education – storytelling.
Some might argue that speaking and listening have always been undervalued in schools, but the surge of technology has done nothing to stem the tide.
Digital storytelling is increasingly a popular way to represent narratives. But traditional methods of reading aloud and immersing young listeners in a story should not be forgotten. Narratives have long been recognised as central to our human experience. Teacher and author of The Cool Web, Margaret Meek, described them as “a primary act of the mind”.
Stories are ways to create a sense of events and exchanges, as we organise our experiences into meaningful episodes. To do this, we call upon combinations of prior knowledge, assumption, expectation, inference, pattern matching and metaphor. As we create different scenarios, we build understanding of narrative structure and develop deeper kinds of cultural and historical understanding. ….” [Read the whole article! I recommend it]